Republican lawmaker says Kentucky’s newly passed shield bill protects IVF services Skip to content

Republican lawmaker says Kentucky’s newly passed shield bill protects IVF services

The bill’s language is broad enough to do that, according to Westerfield.

1 min read
Views:

Kentucky legislation shielding doctors and other health providers from criminal liability was written broadly enough to apply to in vitro fertilization services, a Republican lawmaker said Friday as the bill won final passage.

The measure, which now goes to Democratic Gov. Andy Beshear, would accomplish what other bills sought to do to safeguard access to IVF services, GOP state Sen. Whitney Westerfield said in an interview. The other bills have made no progress in Kentucky’s GOP supermajority legislature with only a few days left in this year’s session.

Westerfield, an abortion opponent who chairs the Senate Judiciary Committee, said during the 37-0 Senate roll call vote that the bill’s definition of health care providers was broad enough to apply to IVF services.

“It was important to me to make that clear that providers can do what they do every day, and what moms and dads are counting on them to do every day to provide their services without fear of being prosecuted unduly,” Westerfield said in the interview afterward. “And I feel confident the bill is going to do that.”

Read the rest at the Herald-Leader.



Print Friendly and PDF

Forward Kentucky

The editorial board of Forward Kentucky. Articles under this author name have been written, edited, and approved by a number of the contributors on this site, as well as the publisher.

Twitter Facebook Website Louisville, KY

Comments

Latest

Voting rights at risk after Supreme Court makes it harder to challenge racial gerrymandering

Voting rights at risk after Supreme Court makes it harder to challenge racial gerrymandering

Two recent Supreme Court rulings on congressional redistricting will have starkly different consequences for Black voters in the 2024 election. One ruling boosted Black voting power in Louisiana, while another decision upheld a South Carolina congressional map that the lower court had declared “illegal racial gerrymandering.” Despite these seemingly contradictory

Members Public
Kentucky’s GOP is NOT the party of “fiscal responsibility”

Kentucky’s GOP is NOT the party of “fiscal responsibility”

Kimberly and Dr. Clardy share the breaking Kentucky political news of the weak, including a couple of stories that expose the Kentucky GOP as having zero fiscal responsibility, then we have a great interview for you: Molly Gene Crain, the democratic candidate for Kentucky’s 27th Senate District.

Members Public
Clicky